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How strong are your joints? HMC launches awareness campaign on arthritis

If you have been experiencing pain in your joints, it’s time you seek expert advice. Hamad Medical Corporation has launched a 10-day campaign focused on raising awareness about general arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.

“Arthritis is a widespread condition; arthritis refers to pain, swelling, and stiffness of joints in the body. It is highly advisable that when anyone experiences any of the symptoms of arthritis that they immediately consult their physician. Arthritis has the potential to cause permanent disability if not diagnosed within the early stages,” said Dr. Samar Al Emadi, Senior Consultant in the Rheumatology Department at Hamad General Hospital (HGH), in a press statement.

As part of the campaign, a number of activities will be carried out across HMC’s hospitals – Hamad General Hospital, Al Wakra Hospital and Al Khor Hospital. Health awareness sessions will also be held in Aspire Park next to the Villaggio Mall.

The campaign will also comprise of a doctor’s café; an area specifically dedicated for one-on-one consultation between HMC experts and individuals who are affected by persistent and ongoing joint pain. Highly-specialised doctors will offer on-the-spot assistance and provide individuals in need of further care with early referral to a rheumatology clinic.

Free-of-cost ultrasounds will also be performed for those who wish to participate and know more about their joints. In addition, free yoga and workout sessions will be hosted in Aspire Park; participants will have the opportunity to learn exercises that can help improve their joint condition.

Timings of planned activities are as follows:

  • Hamad General Hospital:  20 – 24 December from 8 am to 3 pm.
  • Aspire Park: 25 – 27 December from 10 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 9 pm.
  • Al Khor Hospital: 28 – 29 December from 8 am to 3 pm.
  • Al Wakra Hospital: 30 – 31 December from 8 am to 3 pm.
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